Sep 04 2014

What I Reach for Most: Work Appropriate Makeup

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What I Reach for most work appropriate makeup on BeautyJudy

 Welcome to What I Reach For Most! This is a regular series that I haven’t updated in a month and a half! I share the brands, or colors, or types of cosmetic products that I reach for most when I’m doing my day-to-day makeup!

Our first year of marriage has certainly had its ups and downs. The highest being our wedding and honeymoon in November 2013. The lowest, our miscarriage. But we’re close to being ready for buying a house, and something very big is official as of this coming Monday:

I got promoted!!!

You might know that by day, I work in corporate communications. I do internal comms and PR. In my new role, I’ll be managing a team, and focusing on PR and issues management. I’m very excited about the new opportunities and challenges!

With this move, I’m going to have a LOT of introductory meetings over the course of the next few weeks. In addition to buying a couple new blazers and “power outfits” for the office, I also thought about the makeup I’ll use, too.

I’m going to want all attention on my personality, and my work, not necessarily my face of the day. So I thought about what work appropriate makeup I love or reach for most, and put together this post.

I won’t touch on foundation or blush in this post, but focus on the eyes and lips; I’ve covered blush in a previous What I Reach for Most.


I am not afraid to wear color in the office, except when I’m meeting with an executive. I embrace neutrals, they are necessary, but they aren’t my favorite. The only thing I love about neutral eye makeup is that it’s better for a bright lip! But man, it does look good, even if it’s not my favorite.

I really like the Pixi Beauty Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely for work appropriate looks:

Pixi Beauty Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely swatches on BeautyJudy

It’s actually a great palette for travel, too, and I’ve taken it on every business trip I’ve had since I got it last fall. Here’s one look of the day using the palette:

Pixi Beauty Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely swatches on BeautyJudy

I used some of the lighter shades, and the blush, for this look. And here’s a deeper eye look:

Pixi Beauty Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely swatches on BeautyJudy

I paired this deeper eye look with a light, neutral lip.

Another palette that recently came into my life that I love for a go-to work look is this Jane Iredale Celebrate Limited Edition Eye Shadow Palette for fall:

Jane Iredale Celebrate limited edition eye shadow palette City Nights fall collection 2014 on BeautyJudy

Here’s my eye look with this:

Jane Iredale Celebrate limited edition eye shadow palette City Nights fall collection 2014 on BeautyJudy
Jane Iredale Celebrate limited edition eye shadow palette City Nights fall collection 2014 on BeautyJudy

It’s a little more daring to me, because I used under-eye eyeliner.

I tend to stick with brown/neutral green shades when it comes to what works for me at the office that is meant to complement, and not draw attention.

I’m also head-over-heels for the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay.


There are a couple directions I go with lips when it comes to a work appropriate office day.

I truly wear *almost* whatever I want – I exclude colors like blue, green, deep dark purples – but have no problems rocking orange. But there are meetings that require a more toned down look, and I happily oblige. I’ll be having a lot of those soon. Here’s one of my favorite work appropriate lippies, Gorgeous Cosmetics Paris:

Work Appropriate makeup on BeautyJudy

Paris is a pop of color, but doesn’t take over my face.

I also like a soft pop of pink, too. The Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balms are GREAT for work, because they go on with a sheen, and the color stains your lips. This is Pretty Pink:


And this is a favorite look I did, with Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Ensoleille!

Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre Lip gloss in Ensoleille swatch on BeautyJudy


Anyway! There are the days when I need OOMPH. Days I’m presenting a plan to someone. I’m speaking. I need to wear my confidence a little more than usual. Those are the days I pump up the pigmentation – like this pretty, Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Suede:


Or this Wet n’ Wild Fergie Lipstick in Turnt Up:

Wet n' Wild Fergie Lipstick in Turnt Up swatch on BeautyJudy

It’s just the perfect amount of POW!

Another one I love is Surratt Beauty Megalomane:


You’ll notice that part of what makes these bright lips work is that I am minimal on where else I add color – usually just a punch of color in the cheeks, and nothing on my eyes. I’ve started doing mascara on days I don’t wear any eye makeup, thought, I that’s a nice add.

I also reach for my Holy Grail office red – Besame Lipstick in Red Velvet.

So what do you think? What are your personal rules of thumb for work appropriate makeup?! What do you reach for most when you’re doing work appropriate makeup?!

Disclaimer: Some of the items in this post were previously sent for review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!

  • Melody Robinson Wright

    Love the first look. I always reach for neutrals too when it comes to my eyes but for lips I don’t mind a pop of color at all!

    • BeautyJudy

      I love a pop of color, that allows me to bring my whole self to the work place! 🙂

  • Kendra Stanton

    Such pretty looks!

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  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I love that Pixi palette. Regardless I always do up a neutral eye and usually a bare lip unless it’s a night event… then I go for the red wooooo

    • BeautyJudy

      That sounds like the perfect way to do up your day to night look!!!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I either play up my eyes or my lips, but never both – so I agree with you on that!

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  • robin

    Ok, first congratulations and good luck with the new job! Second, I love the way that Pixi pallette looks on you, I want to go buy it asap! I am going to see if it is still available. All the lipstick looks are really pretty and that Gorgeous is the bomb! Thanks for the ideas!

    • BeautyJudy

      THanks Robin! Oh gosh I hope it’s still available! I don’t see it on Pixi’s site 🙁

  • Sheila Arkee

    Congratulations on your promotion!!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Sheila!

  • Laura

    Love all your choices. That Pixi palette is one I reach for too

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks! It’s really a great staple palette

  • Ange

    Loving that Pixi lippie! Awesome choices!

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  • Cindy Ingalls

    Great choices! The new Jane Iredale Kir Royale gloss would be a great choice too. Congrats!

    • BeautyJudy

      YES, I totally agree!

  • Miranda Mendoza

    I like how you still incorporate pops of color! Work makeup doesn’t have to be boring 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      I can’t be totally boring. I am glad my new business partners sound laid back, like I could roll up with crazy nails and they wouldn’t even care

  • loveforlacquer

    so many awesome options! Congrats on the promotion!

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  • Phyrra

    Surratt Beauty Megalomane is pretty. Congratulations!

    • BeautyJudy

      I don’t know if his brand will be at TMS in Orlando but I scored some great things there in NYC in May!

  • beautybymissl

    Congrats on your promotion! I love all the looks you showed in this post!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks so much!

  • jamie @makeuplifelove

    Congrats on the promotion!!!. I am obsessed with everything you have used in this post. Simply gorgeous and love love love all the lippies. Beautiful!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Jamie!

  • Nidia Doherty

    Ooh, Paris and Ensolielle are pretty. I don’t usually go for light glosses, but it looks awesome on you. I love a bright lip, but I need a little oomph on the eye, too – at least eyeliner and mascara.

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes, I definitely think eyes perk me up, I have fair eye brows and lashes, so mascara and eye definition helps!